The Painter Le Corbusier: Eileen Gray’s Villa E1027 and Le Cabanon
In 1929, Eileen Gray designed Villa E 1027 for herself and her youthful partner Jean Badovici, but only lived there for three years. Today, the elegant house in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in southern France is an icon of modernism. In 1937, Le Corbusier discovered the place and the “Maison en Bord de Mer”. Inspired by the genius of the place and the light on the Côte d’Azur, he created a total of five large-format wall paintings there from 1938 onwards, some of which complement the building congenially, while others set counterpoints. In 1952, he built his Cabanon nearby and decorated it with murals as well. The book by the well-known architectural historian Tim Benton documents Le Corbusier’s artwork at this special place and places it in his overall oeuvre.
The fascinating photographs by Manuel Bougot capture the special atmosphere of the villa.
Le Corbusier’s painting is lesser known but was formative for his lifelong preoccupation with polychromy
After extensive renovation work until 2021, E 1027, as well as the Cabanon, is open to the public again